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Issue #68, Fall 2018

Creative Nonfiction #68: “Risk” explores how we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. Writers recall the thrill and terror of going off the high-dive and skiing alone in avalanche country (which one really shouldn’t do). They impulsively invite famous chefs over for dinner, set off on poorly planned road trips, and weigh the advantages of medicating their children.

Plus, the role of litmags in the Trump era; how to “get naked” on the page; lessons from John McPhee; tiny truths; and more.

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What's the Story #68 Lee Gutkind

"All of us who write know that every hour we devote to out notepad or keyboard involves monumental risk." read more

Politics in Prose Jennifer Niesslein

A litmag editor reconsiders the role of personal essays in the Trump era read more

Online Reading

Daydream Believer

Heidi McKinley

An interview with Patricia Hampl more

The Hotel Cadiz

Suzanne Roberts

It only takes a minute to destroy a marriage. more


Show Me All Your Scars

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. more


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